Books

‘The Killer Next Door’ is gripping mystery

Written by OLINE H. COGDILL,
Associated Press writer
Thursday, 30 October 2014 09:53

“The Killer Next Door” (Penguin Books), by Alex Marwood

Desperation brings six people to a decaying Victorian apartment house where the tenants’ desolation pales in comparison with one neighbor’s despicable acts.

Waters' 'Paying Guests' filled with romance, sex

Written by KIM CURTIS,
AP writer
Wednesday, 24 September 2014 15:24

Fans of Sarah Waters will feel cloaked in comfy familiarity when they sink into her new novel, "The Paying Guests."

The setting is London, 1922. The post-war economy forces upper-class Frances, a single woman in her late 20s, and her mother to begrudgingly take in lodgers. The book opens with the arrival of newlyweds Len and Lilian Barber, who are solidly middle-class.

'Long Way Home' tops Nielsen's bestseller list

Written by AP Saturday, 06 September 2014 06:43

Best-selling books for the week ending Aug. 31, as tracked by Nielsen Bookscan. Listings include hardcover fiction and non-fiction as well as mass market and trade paperbacks.

WiG Words: Harkness completes All Souls trilogy

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Sunday, 27 July 2014 18:51

Deborah Harkness has spun the final thread in the "All Souls" trilogy. The intricately crafted, epic adventure of a witch and a vampire concludes in The Book of Life.

Historian Diana Bishop, the witch, and scientist Matthew Clairmont, the vampire, continue their search for a magical manuscript, "The Book of Life," encountering old enemies and new crisis in their quest.

New book offers ‘Game of Thrones’ back story

Written by HILLEL ITALIE,
AP National Writer
Thursday, 30 October 2014 09:42

George R.R. Martin knows all the signs of Boba Fett Syndrome.

Named for the minor “Star Wars” character who fans demanded to know more about, Boba Fett Syndrome is most acute for any book or film series that has reached the level of phenomenon, when minutiae becomes major. For Martin, this has meant not just the usual demands for the next “A Song of Ice and Fire” fantasy novel (don’t ask, he’s still working on it), but constant letters and emails asking for information on everything from dragons to Aegon Targaryen’s war against the Seven Kingdoms.

Putting banned books on the reading list

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Thursday, 18 September 2014 10:10
books

Banned Books Week 2014 provides the material for another chapter in the campaign against censorship.

A look at the new books offered this fall, fiction, non-fiction and in-between

Written by HILLEL ITALIE,
AP writer
Wednesday, 27 August 2014 07:55

So many memoirs are coming out this fall, written in so many ways.

Neil Patrick Harris, for instance, decided that his early 40s was too young for a “life” story, even for a Tony- and Emmy-winning actor. So he has completed “Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography,” in which Harris steps back into the second person to allow you to imagine yourself onstage, on television, or, in November 2006, on edge as you prepare to tell the world you’re gay. 

Hard Choices: Publisher's Weekly's bestselling books

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Friday, 11 July 2014 12:08

Hard Choices by Hillary Rodham Clinton. - PHOTO: Courtesy

HARDCOVER NONFICTION

What are we reading? The Publishers Weekly best-seller list

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Thursday, 02 October 2014 11:57

HARDCOVER FICTION

1. “Edge of Eternity” by Ken Follett (Dutton Adult)

WigWords: ‘Mathematician’s Shiva’ a wryly funny 1st novel

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Friday, 12 September 2014 04:09

Stuart Rojstaczer celebrated the publication of his debut novel in the city where he debuted, so to speak.

Rojstaczer, who was born in Milwaukee, returned to Milwaukee on Sept. 10 to talk about The Mathematician’s Shiva, his wryly funny first novel about middle-age, family, genius and the Jewish Eastern European immigrant experience after World War II.

WiGWords: Isherwood reissued

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Wednesday, 06 August 2014 21:04

Christopher Isherwood’s A Single Man.

“Waking up begins with saying am and now.” This is the first line of Christopher Isherwood’s A Single Man, a novel that, when it first appeared in 1964, shocked many with its frank, sympathetic and moving portrayal of a gay man. 

Stephen King, Donna Tartt among those backing anti-Amazon letter

Written by HILLEL ITALIE,
AP National Writer
Wednesday, 09 July 2014 11:37

Stephen King, Nora Roberts and Donna Tartt are among the hundreds of authors who have added their names to an online letter criticizing Amazon.com for restricting access to works published by Hachette Book Group.

The letter, initiated by Hachette author Douglas Preston, urged Amazon to resolve its standoff with Hachette over e-book prices and other issues. Readers were asked to email Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos at jeff(at)amazon.com and “tell him what you think.” Amazon has slowed delivery on books by Preston and other Hachette authors, limited discounts and removed pre-order tags for upcoming releases.